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Santa’s challenge 2020 ...

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
Santa’s Challenge...

Santa’s challenge isn’t just about Christmas Eve, it’s about Birhtdays, Mother’s Day, fathers days, Christmas ... but most of all, friendship and support.


We’re a small group of ladies that have been together over a few years - so welcome to the family.


Challenge
The second part of the title...
The great aim is to split all the work throughout the year, whether it’s buying presents in the sale, reusing Xmas cards as tags, throu to the famous “Miss Hoodies corner”.


Miss Hoodie was a nickname given to my daughter many years ago... the name has stuck as when I was doing the monthly challenge prep she would want to help and said clean cupboard... so every month there’s a little cleaning challenge.


Don’t feel that you have to do everything on the list, you might already be prepared, not needed it time factor. It’s as much about spreading the planning out...


Here’s to a new year, a new decade, to friends old and new ... and thinking of you to those not with us xx



xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
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  • crazy-cat-lady_2crazy-cat-lady_2 Forumite
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    Yay. New year new thread. Though I’ll miss the old one.
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    chaniechanie Forumite
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    edited 16 January at 3:26PM
    Thanks for the new thread.

    For any newbies, I thought I would start with a quick gift guide in case anyone needs any inspiration....

    Santas Challenge gift gift guide

    ‘Green’ gifts or something useful - this is normally my first port of call when considering gifts.
    - steel water bottle
    - fold up shopping bag or tote bag
    - travel mug (with coffee shop voucher)
    - wrist warmers
    - peshtemal towel (handy for holidays)
    - travel jewellery box
    - luggage tag
    - travel card holder, travel wallet or passport cover

    Things to do - a great way to avoid ‘stuff’
    - cinema tickets (great for teens)
    - afternoon tea
    - llama trekking
    - English Heritage/National Trust membership (expensive but food for couples or families)
    -restaurant vouchers
    - personalised luggage strap

    Monthly subscriptions - are really popular at the moment. You can get beauty boxes, coffee, cheese, gin and children’s craft ones, magazines. I have never got one, so I can’t comment, but could be a good suggestion.


    Favourite shops - I rarely pay full price for my gifts as there is normally an offer floating around somewhere.

    Flying tiger - a posh pound shop, but good quality.

    Hema - similar to Flying Tiger.

    TK Maxx - definitely worth a browse. I have bought items that I’ve seen in other shops for higher prices. The phone accessories are good for teens.

    eBay - I don’t buy anything without checking eBay first. Many items are ‘brand new with tags’ and some shops have ebay shops for their old stock.

    I will keep this list updated as I think of stuff.
    2020 savings on purchases £1891.47
  • Happy_KittiesHappy_Kitties Forumite
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    Ooooo lovely new thread.

    I will also miss the old one. Thru katiehound we got hooked making up our link to hope shoeboxes and looking forward to seeing ur gift guide chanie.......only bec i pinch ur ideas :). The luggage organisers (a present idea i pinched from u) are still a favourite with DSisinlaw

    Some bargains that i picked up for the charity auction, i've decided to send to the organiser. I thought not only would it create some space but the organiser also put out an appeal for other bits, some of which i had so thought it would be easier to send everything all in one go.

    Have picked up a few bits in the monsoon sale-childrens slippers that had an extra discount on them. Ive done a click and collect for DD to pick up as now she is back at uni she only lives 5 mins from the city centre. I dont even have a monsoon in the next town, would have to travel a fair way and postage outweighs the extra savings.
    Also picked up the last 2 rolls of wrapping paper in [email protected] today for 20p (def wont need to buy any next year) , unicorn gift bags for 10p and lindt choc sets with a good shelf life down to 60p. Picked up 6 for DD and i to tap into for little extras to add to birthday presents.

    Feeling prepared again and more in control.

    Doing some decluttering found some jewellery that i didnt even know i had that ive popped in my shoebox stocks.
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:T:T:T:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66:j
  • edited 15 January at 12:56PM
    KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    edited 15 January at 12:56PM
    My title says it all!
    A new shiny thread for the new decade

    Greetings everyone.

    Today I printed off my e-visa for India & Sri Lanka at the library. Victory.

    This week so far I have bought the 2 mini hot water bottles I needed & 6 s/s table knives for the boxes. I have also realised that I have a glut of perfectly good hairbrushes, so they are washed ready to pack in the expanding bags!!

    Yesterday I managed to flick the presser foot off my sewing machine- don't ask how and it ended up under a heap of fabric bits. I didn't hear it land and was all prepared to order a replacement online @ £20. Luckily I decided not to look for it. And hey presto- found!

    To the present list I would add:

    Magazine subscription (often there's a 5 for £5 /6 for £6 deal)
    Luggage strap with woven name (great at the carousel!)
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  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    Katiehound wrote: »
    My title says it all!
    A new shiny thread for the new decade


    To the present list I would add:

    Magazine subscription (often there's a 5 for £5 /6 for £6 deal)
    Luggage strap with woven name (great at the carousel!)

    Thanks. I have changed the title of the gift guide and also added the two ideas.
    2020 savings on purchases £1891.47
  • Happy_KittiesHappy_Kitties Forumite
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    Katiehound wrote: »
    My title says it all!
    A new shiny thread for the new decade

    Greetings everyone.

    Today I printed off my e-visa for India & Sri Lanka at the library. Victory.

    This week so far I have bought the 2 mini hot water bottles I needed & 6 s/s table knives for the boxes. I have also realised that I have a glut of perfectly good hairbrushes, so they are washed ready to pack in the expanding bags!!

    Can i ask where did u get the mini hot water bottles from katiehound please?

    Tried everywhere last year but only found them on ebay and they were expensive
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:T:T:T:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66:j
  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    I won't use that font again- it 's just SO big!!

    I got the hot water bottles from a chain called Yorkshire Trading. I got the 1 litre bottles- they were £1.75? and there were smaller ones too, not a lot cheaper. They have branches across the N/ NE.Unfortunately they are online, but none of this product

    Just looked on-line ebay etc, yes they are very dear. The only suggestion I can make is that I buy some for you and post? Don't know how many I could post for £3 small packet? I'm willing to check if that would help. Need to do it soonish too.........before cruise.
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  • Happy_KittiesHappy_Kitties Forumite
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    Katiehound that would be brilliant but only if u have time. I definately woudlnt stand a chance of getting any around here, and would be more than happy to cover all costs.
    I missed putting a mini hottie in my boxes last year

    Just to let u know the registration is now open for the boxes. Ive registered its just getting the boxes now, have to wait till i see my foot guy at hospital next and scrounge!!!!
    2017 birthday savings shopping frugally = 481.15:T:T:T:money. 2018 birthday savings so far=360.66:j
  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    Happy Kitties I will pm you with my contact details. I would have a chance to check their stock level & postage costs Mon or Tue next week
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  • AngleaAnglea Forumite
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    Hi everyone, I've subscribed to the new thread but haven't read all the messages I've missed yet, I've got some birthdays next week but also dad's funeral so things are not going to plan and I still haven't fully sorted out the house after Christmas, decs and tree piled up to be put away in the lounge.

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